[ ev-i-duhns ]
/ ˈɛv ɪ dəns /
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that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof.
something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign: His flushed look was visible evidence of his fever.
Law. data presented to a court or jury in proof of the facts in issue and which may include the testimony of witnesses, records, documents, or objects.
verb (used with object), ev·i·denced, ev·i·denc·ing.
to make evident or clear; show clearly; manifest: He evidenced his approval by promising his full support.
to support by evidence: He evidenced his accusation with incriminating letters.
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Idioms about evidence

    in evidence, plainly visible; conspicuous: The first signs of spring are in evidence.

Origin of evidence

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) <Middle French <Latin ēvidentia.See evident, -ence

synonym study for evidence

3. Evidence, exhibit, testimony, proof refer to information furnished in a legal investigation to support a contention. Evidence is any information so given, whether furnished by witnesses or derived from documents or from any other source: Hearsay evidence is not admitted in a trial. An exhibit in law is a document or article that is presented in court as evidence: The signed contract is Exhibit A. Testimony is usually evidence given by witnesses under oath: The jury listened carefully to the testimony. Proof is evidence that is so complete and convincing as to put a conclusion beyond reasonable doubt: proof of the innocence of the accused.


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British Dictionary definitions for evidence

/ (ˈɛvɪdəns) /

verb (tr)
to make evident; show clearly
to give proof of or evidence for
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Other Idioms and Phrases with evidence


see in evidence; much in evidence.

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